71 350 has rough idle and very poor acceleration with some backfiring through the carb if I really get on it.

John Mader

Asked by Jun 03, 2014 at 09:44 PM about the 1971 Pontiac Le Mans

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It is a 350 -2bbl originally, and 4bbl conversion many years ago by the looks of it.  
Starts well, but just has no acceleration.  If I couldn't feel plenty of exhaust coming out
of the  pipes, I'd swear they were plugged up, that's how restricted it feels when I
accelerate.  Last point to make is that 6 of the 8 sparkplugs all appear to burn
differently.  Do you think this is carburetion or a timing chain problem?  I've heard these
motors had plastic coated chains that sometimes skipped a tooth or two when the
coating cracked.

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you got everything happening at once . restricted exhaust,blow back thru carbs,4 barrel stuck on by who knows who,2 plugs firing well & 6 not or 6 firing well and 2 not {your question doesn't say}.... Fire in the carbs is timing or valve...... Plugs different is maybe wires,lousy rotor,points,condensor....... Lousy exhaust pressure ( using your hand as a gage isn't exactly according to Hoile) but if you have enough experience you can get a feel for whether it's off. might be because the engine is running like s__t.......So where to start??? I'd start with making sure the timing is at specs [never going to run right if timing is off , then work forward from there.

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run straight pipes until you get the engine running well because if the back pressure is indeed too high you aren't going to get it running well to start with

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